The all-electric Ford E-Transit has been named What Car? Van of the Year at the consumer title’s annual Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards.
Judges praised the E-Transit’s long electric range of up to 196 miles, its effortless acceleration, and the fact that it can carry larger payloads than rivals while saving buyers potentially thousands of pounds in running costs.
In addition to taking the overall Van of the Year accolade, the Ford E-Transit was named Best Electric Van and Best Large Van.
The Ford Transit is Britain’s most popular large van, with more than 25,000 having been sold between January and September this year alone.
Since production of the original Transit began in 1965, more than three million have been sold in the UK, spanning multiple versions and generations.
In 2021, sales of electric vans were up by 261.8% compared with the previous year, representing a market share of close to 8.5%.
The 2023 What Car? Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards recognised winners across 10 categories, ranging from small and large vans to pick-up trucks and campervans.
What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said: “This year’s winners show that electric models are catching up with, and even surpassing in some cases, their mainstream rivals.
“Working vehicles need to be as easy to live with as possible, and our winners show that whether you’re in need of something big or small, electric or combustion-engined, there are fantastic options out there to suit every budget.”